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Maybe you can teach an old dog new tricks?

Monday, November 11, 2013

I've been tracking food more faithfully the last couple of weeks. Since I'm taking part in a fitness challenge at my gym and trying to reach my goal weight (or close) before surgery, I decided I should be a little more diligent.

First, we started dinner with a nice big green salad. Yum! Then, I had a minute before dinner was ready to enter in my planned dinner portions, so I did—and was a little dismayed to see that even with all the exercise minutes I got today, I was still pretty close to the top end of my allotted calories.

I looked at the food before DH and I dished it onto plates. I realized that I wasn't hungry enough for the portions I'd planned for. My body knew what my brain (and SparkPeople) was telling me: that I didn't need quite that many calories. I halved the amount of everything (except the spinach) before I served myself, and when I was done eating, I was FULL and satisfied.

After dinner, DH had a glass of white wine. It looked really good. I went so far as to get a glass out… and then I thought about whether I really wanted it. I was full and content. I didn't have a headache. I didn't WANT a headache. I wanted to go to bed clear headed and wake up the same way. I put the glass away.

Reminded me of that "Stop, look, and listen!" thing they use to teach us in elementary school. Stop to figure out what you're eating before you eat it. Look at the actual portion sizes. And then Listen to your body. It's taken me a year of paying attention to my body and what goes in it, but I think I've finally learned how much food I actually need. Kind of feels like a miracle.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
TAMELA_B 11/13/2013 7:46PM

    Good for you! It seems like knowing how much to eat should be the easiest thing in the world, but it's really tough. I am working on this myself.

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SCRIPTEDFLIGHT 11/13/2013 1:42PM

    Good for you!!

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NELLJONES 11/12/2013 9:15AM

    Even after many decades at goal weight, I still weigh and measure out my portions. That in itself is good practice for life. And you can put any beverage you want in a wine glass, even tea.

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CATMATT79 11/12/2013 8:49AM

    I LOVE the Stop, Look and Listen idea! And Wow - well done. I think these small victories where we consciously make the right choices are so important!

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JUST_BRENDA 11/12/2013 7:59AM

You have been doing wonderfully on this weight loss journey!!! You are an awesome example of what people (like myself) can do when they set their minds to it!

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CAPECODBABE 11/12/2013 7:17AM

    emoticon I need to listen to my body more
emoticon for reminding me

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IAMBIZI 11/11/2013 11:39PM

    wow this is a great post! happy for you!
keep up the great work that you are doing.
of course it is hard work and you are worthy of this effort.

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